Chicagoans love the Loop and El train, deep dish pizza and ketchup-less hot dogs, the Bean and Navy Pier, north-side and south-side teams – everything Chicago.
“Once Upon a Windy City”, a mash-up of the things we love about Chicago and fairy tale stories, was the theme at the 2015 Winter Banquet.
We had a record-tying attendance of 240 guests at the 2015 Winter Banquet. Thank you “Ponch” for the photo memories.
Do you remember the movie, “Groundhog’s Day”, in which Bill Murray’s character relives the same day 38 times?
On February 27-28, we will host our seventeenth annual Winter Banquet. While it sometimes feels like “Groundhog’s Day”, I can honestly say, I do not mind. Want to know why?
Reason one: The Winter Banquet gives students an opportunity to be a part of something big. They may not receive a part in their school play, or get elected to student government, but we are happy to give them opportunities to work together writing the play, acting, leading their peers, and serving as waiters.
Reason two: The Winter Banquet helps students build a community. Whenever you put time and sweat into a team production, a sense of trust and collaboration is built.
Reason three: The Winter Banquet gives adults an excuse to go out for a night to enjoy friendship, food, and theater. It is also a fantastic reason to invite a friend disconnected from faith to “something at my church.”
Reason four: The Winter Banquet supports our teens as they raise money for their trips. This summer, our students will be serving as a youth group in South Elgin, and on the intergenerational Palestine team .
If you are an adult, we invite you to be our guest on Fri Feb 27 or Sat Feb 28. You can purchase tickets here.
If you are a 7th-12th grade student , we hope you will commit to be a part of the Winter Banquet team:
- Sat Jan 17 (9:30-11:30am): Prep & Play Practice (You must be present to receive acting part.)
- Sat Jan 31 (9:30-11:30am): Prep & Play Practice
- Sat Feb 14 (9:30-11:30am): Play Practice
- Sat Feb 21 (9:30-11:30am): Prep & Play Practice
- Thur Feb 26 (630-9pm): Setup/Dress rehearsal (All must be present)
- Fri Feb 27 (4:30-10pm): Event (All must be present)
- Sat Feb 28 (5:30-10:15pm) (All must be present)
Please note the following participation requirements:
- Plan to attend a 2015 onMission trip or retreat
- Attend at least one Saturday (Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 21)
- Attend all of Thu Feb 26 setup and Feb 27-28 event
- Parent/Guardian participation is strongly encouraged
Our annual Winter Banquet was once again a time when our youth group learned to be a team. We planned. We organized. We practiced. We served a big supper. We worked together. And believe me, it was a growing process to work together. We grew in our strengths and learned in our weaknesses.
In our strengths and our weaknesses, our peers surrounded us and helped, whether our role was doing the dramas, making the decorations/props or serving the meal. You see Winter Banquet is not just a big supper and funny entertainment. It is an awesome team building activity. And the money we raised will go toward another huge team building experience , our onMission trips.
Our youth group does various events like this throughout the year to help us work together as a team. We are grateful for the adult leaders for guiding us. And we thank all the people who came and supported the youth at Winter Banquet 2014.
By Megan Stephen [Senior at Glenbard East]